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Stepping Out – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Richard Harris Director: Paul Robinson Designer: Helen Coyston Music/Sound: Simon Slater Choreographer: Erin Carter Reviewer: Ron Simpson 35 years on from its first performance and with productions popping up all over the world on a weekly basis, Stepping Out has, Paul Robinson believes, never been staged in the round before. That engenders an immediacy of communication with the audience ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Nick Lane Music/Lyrics: Simon Slater Director: Paul Robinson Associate Director/Choreographer: Erin Carter Designer: Helen Coyston Reviewer: Ron Simpson This is a difficult production to assess. On the one hand, anyone expecting to see Alice in Wonderland will be disappointed. The programme’s claim that is “by Lewis Carroll adapted by Nick Lane” is misleading; it’s by Nick Lane based on ...

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A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Nick Lane Music/Lyrics: Simon Slater Director: Paul Robinson Designer: Helen Coyston Reviewer: Ron Simpson A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol stirs up thoughts about the point when a play turns from being “by Charles Dickens adapted by Nick Lane” into “a new play by Nick Lane based on the story by Charles Dickens”. Despite amending the title Nick ...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writers:  Jim Cartwright Director: Paul Robinson Designer: Tim Meacock Composer/Musical Director: Simon Slater Reviewer: Rob Atkinson When a production receives a spontaneous standing ovation, as The Rise and Fall of Little Voice so deservedly did at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre, then the mere words of a review can only restate the obvious: here was a resounding success based on a ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal Winchester

Writer and Director: James Barry Reviewer: David Jobson December is upon us and that means one thing - Pantomime.  Nearly every theatre has a Christmas show on the bill. There will be pantomimes full of celebrities, innuendoes by the minute, pop songs and big special effects.  James Barry has written many pantomimes for local and amateur theatres, with Cinderella being ...

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Sand in the Sandwiches – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Hugh Whitemore, with extracts from John Betjamen’s poetry Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: David Jobson John Betjeman is considered a treasured poet of the last century. His nostalgia for the past is loved by many of the older generation who can identify with his era.  Now this production, headlined with Edward Fox as the poet himself, has set out to ...

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Wilde Without The Boy – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Author : Oscar Wilde Adaptor: Gareth Armstrong Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Michael Gray   This brilliant double bill of Oscar Wilde comes to the Cramphorn – far from packed, alas – polished by touring and triumphant trips to the Fringe. It's a splendid conceit – imagine that Oscar, like Dickens, decides to do the celebrity readings circuit of Assembly Rooms ...

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The BFG – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Jay Nuttall For over 30 years, Roald Dahl's tale of the The Big Friendly Giant has lit up classrooms, libraries and bedtimes. It is no surprise that David Wood's adaptation has been produced for nearly 25 years and has been chosen as The Octagon Theatre's festive production. Filled with Dahl's ...

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